Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., has thrown his support behind the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ensuring its Senate passage.
Last week, the remaining three Democratic holdouts announced their backing of the bill, which bans workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. A cloture vote could come as early as Monday.
Heller is now one of five expected Republican votes for this bill. The others are Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
In a statement, Heller said:
“After listening to Nevadans’ concerns about this issue from a variety of viewpoints and after numerous conversations with my colleagues, I feel that supporting this legislation is the right thing to do. Under the leadership of this Governor, as well as the legislature over the past several years, Nevada has established a solid foundation of anti-discrimination laws. This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada, which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance.”
The bill has far less chance of success in the House. On Monday morning, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner said that the speaker would not support the bill, believing it to be “frivolous.”